National Talkblack 011121

National Talkblack 011121

We had:

Doris Eaton, Deputy co-chair on board of the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, talking about Perth remembers Trailblazing Aboriginal Strikers. Seventy-five years ago, on May 1, 1946, hundreds of Aboriginal workers walked off pastoral stations across the Pilbara to fight for wages and better living conditions – so beginning the Pilbara Strike.The strike was organised by Aboriginal Law men Dooley Bin Bin and Clancy McKenna with white unionist Don McLeod.

Chair of Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council Daisy Cutmore and Amber Vernon, Deputy Chair talking about Significant Artefacts to be Repatriated to the Tamworth Aboriginal Community. A total of 81 artefacts originating from the Barraba Region, near Tamworth, were welcomed home with a traditional smoking ceremony on Thursday. The collection of artefacts returned to Country includes ceremonial pieces, axe heads, and grinding stones.

Minister Paul Fletcher, talking about Indigenous art funding boost to roll out QR codes so customers can check authenticity of works. Up to 80 remote and regional Indigenous arts centres will be helped to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) and be provided with equipment and training from March next year, in a bid to get communities access to potentially lucrative online markets. Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the increase in funding would result in more than $27 million going towards the Indigenous arts sector each year for the next five years.

Stephen Ley, Head Teacher VET/Careers adviser at Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus, talking about Cultural connection in schools driving Aboriginal students to complete HSC. He is joined by Haylee Mills, who graduated from year 12 in 2020, who said the cultural opportunities offered at Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus transformed her relationship with school. “I never really came to school, I was never interested and had no motivation to stay in school or anything like that,” she said. “Coming into Jesmond, I started getting into cultural dance, artwork and learning how to tell stories.” Finding her passion in expressing her culture artistically, Haylee said, helped her realise how important education is.

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